Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Mar 17, 2011
    90
    Captivating documentary about the creation of, and reaction to, the breakthrough play "The Boys in the Band."
  2. Reviewed by: Charles McNulty
    Apr 28, 2011
    80
    Making the Boys reveals just how bound up Crowley's play is with the history of the gay community, most heartbreakingly in the number of original company members who died from AIDS.
  3. Reviewed by: Pam Grady
    Mar 21, 2011
    80
    Making the Boys is at once political and personal. It is a history lesson, a sociological study and a memoir. It is a tale told with warmth and humor. And it is irresistible.
  4. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Mar 11, 2011
    75
    The hopelessly dated 1968 play "The Boys in the Band" yields a surprisingly sprightly and multifaceted documentary, Making the Boys.
  5. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Mar 7, 2011
    70
    The most illuminating nuggets come from playwrights, authors and journalists, including Tony Kushner, Terrence McNally, Larry Kramer, Michael Cunningham, Paul Rudnick, Dan Savageand the late Dominick Dunne, who helped get the movie version made.
  6. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Mar 7, 2011
    70
    Though some of this material is fascinating, it feels like a rambling postscript to the real story, with Robey, with the benefit of hindsight, too eager to make "The Boys in the Band" snugly fit in the grand sweep of gay history, right down to California's Prop. 8.
  7. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Mar 11, 2011
    60
    Crowley's biting portrait feels painfully dated, but in a way that's the point: Pioneers fight so those who follow can take their battles for granted.
  8. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Mar 8, 2011
    60
    Ignore the documentary's regrettable low-rent look and that kitschy "Love, American Style" soundtrack, and just focus on how this portrait turns a work of art into a sociological flash point.
  9. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Mar 8, 2011
    60
    Crayton Robey's documentary on this queer cultural touchstone admirably presents both sides of the divide.

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